An eagle-eyed social media user made the startling discovery that popular American popular restaurant KFC on its official Twitter account only follows 11 people. Not only that, but who those 11 people are offers a wild surprise. Question now is who’s more “genius”- KFC for following the people it follows or the social media user who made the connection and shared his findings to the rest of the awed online world?
KFC tweets appear to be run by owner and founder Colonel Sanders himself, which is amazing given his old age. He once tweeted using the KFC account that all he ever needs on his birthday is time with close family and friends, and one “absolutely enormous” cake. He even wrote “happy birthday to me.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">All I ever need on my birthday is time with close family and friends, and then one absolutely enormous cake. Happy Birthday to me. <a href="https://t.co/MVGSt9DXON">pic.twitter.com/MVGSt9DXON</a></p>— KFC (@kfc) <a href="https://twitter.com/kfc/status/906603078610063360?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 9, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
The interesting part, though, comes back to the 11 people KFC follows on Twitter. They include the five member of the 90s famous girl band Spice Girls- Geri Halliwell, Mel B, Emma Bunton, Mel C and Victoria Beckham.
The other six people KFC follows on the popular social media platform are six guys named Herb from various professions including NFL star, Herb Waters and LA City Council, President Herb J. Wesson Jr.
So why is KFC so into the Spice Girls that the band’s former members are the only girls they follow, plus six other guys all sharing the name Herb?
One social media user made the startling discovery behind the specific and “genius” reason behind the strategy. It’s because KFC pride itself for having finger-licking good fried chicken due to its secret of using 11 herbs and spices.
Five spices + six herbs= 11 herbs and spices, hence the eleven people it follows on Twitter composed of the five “Spice” girls and six “’Herbs.”
And the equally “genius” guy who shared the mind-boggling discovery on Twitter goes by the Twitter handle @edgette22. He said in his post: “@KFC follows 11 people. Those 11 people? 5 Spice Girls and 6 guys named Herb. 11 Herbs and Spices. I need to process this.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/kfc?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KFC</a> follows 11 people.<br><br>Those 11 people? 5 Spice Girls and 6 guys named Herb. <br><br>11 Herbs & Spices. I need time to process this.</p>— Edge (@edgette22) <a href="https://twitter.com/edgette22/status/921103567771131904?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 19, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
The post went viral, and other users are so impressed with @edgette22’s “discovery.” One even said he deserves a raise. She said:”I mean…I don’t know what @edgette22 does for a living… but he needs a raise, too. Smartest man of the day.”
Even competitor Wendy’s could not help but tweet about it also. It tweeted: “Just realized they weren’t following back. Rude. Good joke though.”